# Art of Vector

Updated on October 11, 2010

## Simple Explanation of Vector Art

In computer graphics, vectorization refers to the process of converting raster graphics into vector graphics.

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* In graphic design and photography, graphics can be vectorized for easier usage and resizing.

Unlike the opposite process rasterization, vectorization is not well defined, meaning there is not a single correct method. Many different algorithms exist, and each gives different results, as vector representations are more abstract than pixels. Computer displays are made up from grids of small rectangular cells called pixels. The picture is built up from these cells. The smaller and closer the cells are together, the better the quality of the image, but the bigger the file needed to store the data. If the number of pixels is kept constant, the size of each pixel will grow and the image becomes grainy (pixellated) when magnified, as the resolution of the eye enables it to pick out individual pixels.

Vector graphics files store the lines, shapes and colors that make up an image as mathematical formula. A vector graphics program uses these mathematical formula to construct the screen image, building the best quality image possible, given the screen resolution. The mathematical formula determine where the dots that make up the image should be placed for the best results when displaying the image. Since these formula can produce an image scalable to any size and detail, the quality of the image is limited only by the resolution of the display, and the file size of vector data generating the image stays the same. Printing the image to paper will usually give a sharper, higher resolution output than printing it to the screen but can use exactly the same vector data file. All the images above were hand vectored and after viewing the auto-short cut versions I don't really like the lack of detail produced from them. In conclusion, anyone can vector a piece of art but only a true artist can do it right and in my opinion I've yet to see anyone touch Justins' vectors. Go check out some others and I think you'll agree.   Peace!!

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• Annabelle Smallcanyon

6 years ago

The painting of my father NCT George B. Willie is awesome. Thanks for taking time to do an awesome job.

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justom

7 years ago from 41042

Thanks whoisbid, I welcome you and anyone who takes the time to read my hubs. Peace!! Tom

• whoisbid

7 years ago

This is great! I have someone else who will be interested to comment here cause he spends a lot of time on this stuff

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justom

7 years ago from 41042

Thanks Victor, I like that one too!

• Victor Mavedzenge

7 years ago from Oakland, California

Wonderful images,I like the one with the bridge.

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justom

7 years ago from 41042

They are not free but I'll talk with Justin and see if there's something you can use for free.

• Peggy Woods

7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thanks. Plan to bookmark this and come back and see if I can become more intelligent about what you are saying. Are these free programs?

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justom

7 years ago from 41042

Hi Peggy, I know you can use Illustrator but Justin does his in Corel Draw. You can do what's called a bitmap trace and the program will convert it to a basic vector, which means you can enlarge it as big as you want without the problem of pixelation. It works especially well with photos.

• Peggy Woods

7 years ago from Houston, Texas

I have heard of pixels but not vectors or rastels. What type of programs are needed to get photos in vectors instead of pixels? In other words when I scan a photo into the computer, is there a way to have it converted to vectors? I'm probably too ignorant about these processes to even ask a question. You have me curious.

• Wesman Todd Shaw

8 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I got you now, and it is cool :-;

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justom

8 years ago from 41042

Thanks Micky Dee, I'm glad you liked it. If you have ?'s let me know, Justin's got this stuff down. Peace brother!!

• Micky Dee

8 years ago

Yo Tom! Gee! Gotta bookmark this one! I love messing with pics. Thank you BrotherMan!

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